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Brendan Benson finds a Familiar Friend

on June 21, 2009, 11:45am

With Jack White busy amidst some Dead Weather, vocalist and guitarist Brendan Benson finds himself with all the time in the world, at least for now. Though much like his other half, Benson’s just as busy, and come August 18th, he’ll release his fourth solo album. What a champ, huh?

Picking up where his 2005 effort, The Alternative to Love, left off, My Old, Familiar Friend continues Benson’s quest in self discovery. With songs “Feel Like Taking You Home”, “Garbage Day” and upcoming single “A Whole Lot Better”, the songwriter by day and bluesman by night cuts into some timeless melodies, complete with hand-claps, raw guitar work, and seductive stortytelling.

Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) and mixed by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem), Friend took Benson to both London and Nashville, where he recorded the album in parts, all resulting in an 11-track LP. The cool angle to it all? This marks the first album post-Raconteurs, so for fans of his solo work, expect some surprises in both style and substance.

End the summer season wisely with a Friend on August 18th via ATO Records.

My Old, Familar Friend tracklist:
01. A Whole Lot Better
02. Eyes on The Horizon
03. Garbage Day
04. Gonowhere
05. Feel Like Taking You Home
06. You Make a Fool Out of Me
07. Poised and Ready
08. Don’t Want To Talk
09. Misery
10. Lesson Learned
11. Borrow

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